Another study has just been published that states that Massage Therapy treatments by a therapist AND DAILY SELF MASSAGE!!! reduce pain caused by arthritis in the neck. (http://www.ctcpjournal.com/article/S1744-3881%2814%2900062-0/pdf)
OK folks, so I've said it before and I'll say it again...What are you waiting for??? Arthritis is a condition of inflammation in the joint. The pain associated with it can be alleviated by many easy self care methods, i.e. Diet - cut out white foods. White potatoes, white bread, white sugar, white flour, etc. Exercise - move the joint every day, several times a day. The only way to keep our joints healthy, with flowing fluids is by warming them through movement. So do some form of gentle exercise daily. Tai Chi is a great exercise for the joints. Massage - get a massage where the therapist gently moves the head and neck around to explore your range of motion. It will help to decrease inflammation as well as increase relaxation to the joint and to the whole body. Making you feel better, and less focused on the pain. Self Massage - I recommend acupressure for arthritis. Stimulating your acupressure points will clear the inflammation from the joint, alleviate pain, and increase healing to the joint to eliminate the arthritic inflammation all together. I highly recommend Michael Gach's books on acupressure for self healing.
So you no longer have to listen to me. Listen to the experts that are studying this stuff with real people. Treating them and testing them and analyzing the results. You do not have to suffer in pain anymore! Take care of yourself. Get a massage. Join my New Body Ease Class. Take control of your health and healing!
National Massage Therapy Awareness Week is October 19 - 25. I will be doing free massage demonstrations around town and at my studio. More information to come!
Yesterday I did something I have never done before. I talked about massage therapy with high school students. Not every student that attended the Feather River College Career Day came by to talk to me, but the ones that did were very impressive. There is a growing number of teenagers interested in alternative medicine. This interest will continue to grow the popularity of complementary and alternative medicine, known as CAM. And for those that were interested in allopathic medicine, what society has thought of as medicine for centuries, I planted the seeds of change. Society will only experience wholistic wellbeing when we once again combine the two disciplines - contemporary medicine and CAM. They were once very much a part of each other, I trust with this generation's and the generations to come we will get back to natural healing and see less and less use of synthetic chemical drugs.
So, I am happy to report that CAM is popular among the youth of today. Let's keep it going.
With Dain Blanton, 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist in Beach Volleyball, who talked to the high schoolers about choices, success and failure. I especially was awestruck by his statistic that of 259 tournaments he was in, he only won 11, that's 4%! Reminding us, it's not the failures people remember, it is the successes!